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Choosing a Bar Sink

Bar sinks, also referred to as prep sinks, are a convenient addition to home bars, or used in kitchens where counter space is limited. There are several options to consider when deciding on a bar sink, including the sink style and size, the material itís made from and the accessories available to customize the sink to suit your needs.

Bar sinks are available with one or two bowls and are either top mount or undermount styles. A top mount bar sink is also referred to as self-rimming or drop in. They are set into a cut-out counter top and have a rim that prevents the sink from dropping through the opening. These sinks are easy to install and the rim provides a close seal that prevents leaks.

With an undermount sink, the sink sits just beneath the countertop and the edges of the counter, where it is cut out to fit the sink, are finished. These types of bar sinks are contemporary and offer a sleek look. They also come with covers that transform them into counter space when the sink isnít in use.

When buying a wet bar sink, consider the materials itís made from to ensure the material you choose is practical as well as visually appealing. Composite sinks are a combination of several compounds, including metal, resins and porcelain. They are long-lasting, scratch-resistant and come in a wide range of colors.

Acrylic is a common sink material that is also stain-resistant and durable. However, bronze or copper can add an aged beauty to your wet bar as they develop a patina with age. Cast iron is a durable option, but the enamel or porcelain coating on most cast iron sinks scratches easily. Cast iron is also heavy and requires support underneath the counter.

Stainless steel is lightweight, economical and also impact and stain resistant. However, granite or another stone sink will have a natural look. Stone sinks are heavy, as in the case of cast iron, but they are more durable than stainless steel and resistant to scratches. However, stone sinks require frequent cleaning because they are porous.

The depth of the sink depends on the space your plumbing takes up underneath the sink. A deep basin can be accommodated, but where space is limited, consider selecting a shallow basin to ensure you have adequate space to fit above the plumbing. Bar sinks come in different sizes, although most are smaller than your average kitchen sink. Bar sinks are also available in different shapes including, round, rectangular or square.

Wet bar sinks are similar to kitchen sinks in regards to the many options that are available to customize the sink to your needs. When youíre limited on counter space, some bar sinks can be fitted with custom cutting board covers and others are designed to accommodate drain baskets or colanders to make food prep easier.

In addition to customized options for the basin, you can choose from a wide variety of faucets and some sinks have additional cut-outs to accommodate a sprayer or soap dispenser as well.

FaucetDepot carries a large selection of durable and long lasting bar sinks at the best prices around. We are one of the top retailers of sinks from the finest manufacturers in the industry including Kohler, Elkay and Blanco, to name only a few. Our sinks will hold their finish and stand up to the most rigorous usage for years to come.

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